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A Philippine diplomat says China is escalating tension instead of defusing it, when it sent a 3rd surveillance ship to the disputed Scarborough Shoal. Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez adds the Philippines will try to break the impasse by pursuing a case in the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea even if China has rejected the Philippines’ invitation to bring the issue there. Congress defense committee vice chairman Roilo Golez notes that the country is now witnessing the bully tactics of China, adding, “that is their advantage.”
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